Barry Schwartz and the Tyranny of Choice

Barry Schwartz and the Paradox of Choice

"We laud our almost boundless freedom of choice as if it were a good thing per se, irrespective of what the choice is between. This is of course absurd because any rational person would prefer to choose between two good things rather than between a thousand bad ones. But, under these circumstances, how do we…

Olivia Laing, The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone

How to deal with bullies by Marcus Aurelius

"When another blames you or hates you, or people voice similar criticisms, go to their souls, penetrate inside and see what sort of people they are. You will realize that there is no need to be racked with anxiety that they should hold any particular opinion about you." - Marcus Aurelius, Meditations.

The world according to Anton Chekhov

The world according to Anton Chekhov

Anton Chekhov defied description with his writing. With his limber and sharp mind he was able to craft and bring alive 18th Century Russia in such a delicate, poignant and deeply emotional way that it will leave you breathless and gasping. To read his short stories is to be plunged into a completely different realm.…

Olivia Laing, The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone

Inspirational quotes to help you have courage

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”~Anais Nin It is often in the darkest skies that we see the brightest stars. ~ Richard Evans "I’m here. That’s the miracle I’ve been looking for."~Brian Vaszily "Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, "I'm possible!"~Audrey Hepburn "Attitude is a little thing that makes a big…

The Black Swan Model: the domesticated chicken and what it never expected

The Black Swan Model: the domesticated chicken and what it never expected

Writer Nassim Nicholas Taleb calls the phenomenon of people being unable to predict the future based on the past the Black Swan principle. This name is inspired by the the 17th Century early explorers. People in Europe had always assumed that all swans were white. Imagine their surprise when they found that black swans that…

Day in the life: Facebook is destroying our understanding of normal life

On silence and idleness

"Happiness is in the quiet, ordinary things. A table, a chair, a book with a paper-knife stuck between the pages. And the petal falling from the rose, and the light flickering as we sit silent." Virginia Woolf, The Waves Time Moves Slow by Bad Bad Good https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgPQ2J_uM3A “Nothing thicker than a knife's blade separates happiness…

What Montaigne And Deep Sea Aliens Teach Us About Humanity

Philosopher Michel de Montaigne lived in a time (the 16th century) when nobody batted an eyelid at the ritual murder and wholesale destruction of people, natural environments and cultures – let alone animals. Yet he was shocked and disgusted at these horrors. He was undoubtedly a kind and gentle man. An anomaly for his time.…

Wild Woman Quote: Procrastination

Wild Woman Quote: Don’t wait

Oh, my God. What if you wake up some day, and you're 65 or 75, and you never got your novel or memoir written; or you didn't go swimming in warm pools or oceans because your thighs were jiggly or you had a nice big comfortable tummy; or you were just so strung out on…

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Wild woman quote: Give it all

One of the few things I know about writing is this: spend it all, shoot it, play it, lose it, all, right away, every time. Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book, or for another book; give it, give it all, give it now. Something more will arise for…

On a dark night, Kindled in love with yearnings–oh, happy chance!– I went forth without being observed, My house being now at rest. In darkness and secure, By the secret ladder, disguised–oh, happy chance!– In darkness and in concealment, My house being now at rest. In the happy night, In secret, when none saw me,…

Remember, nothing is permanent

Remember, nothing is permanent

Life is fragile, like the dew hanging delicately on the grass, crystal drops that will be carried away on the first morning breeze. – Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche Do not encumber your mind with useless thoughts. What good does it do to brood on the past or anticipate the future? Remain in the simplicity of the…

The Soul of the World: David Foster Wallace http://wp.me/p41CQf-Ikf

The Soul of the World: David Foster Wallace

David Foster Wallace combined his phenomenal intelligence and gift for writing with a high level of self-awareness, and a deep awareness of the brutality and enormity of the world. He had an almost omnipotent ability to understand and communicate about what it means to be human in his iconic books. Like most highly sensitive people…

Dr Helen Sharman

Space dreams by astronaut Helen Sharman

Helen Sharman was the first Briton in space. Now that she's back down on Earth, she recounts a beautiful, evocative space dream and how she longs to be back up there orbiting around the pale blue dot. It turns out that astronauts looking at the vastness of continents from space see where the people they love reside,…

A pep talk for babes who are on fire

A pep talk for babes who are on fire

This pep talk is brought to you by the PEP TALK GENERATOR. You are a ball of fire. You are a flaming, feisty, bold ball of fire. You may feel like you get extinguished a lot, but you are set ablaze more times than you are drowned. You are smart, you are unique, you are…

Map Porn: The Most Beautiful Geological Maps on Earth

A pep talk for babes who feel small

This pep talk is brought to you by the PEP TALK GENERATOR and written by a wise woman named Celeste. Don't keep yourself too hidden. Embrace feeling small — let it open up the world before you, then watch it change with your touch. From the way you move oceans to the breaths you unknowingly take. The…

Maira Kalman. Seeing the Profound in the Ordinary World http://wp.me/p41CQf-2p

A Pep talk for babes with anxiety

This is a pep talk for babes with anxiety. Close your eyes and sit with that feeling. Research shows that anxiety takes 20 minutes to pass when approached with mindfulness. This is not going to last forever. Recognize that your anxiety is part of who you are, but not all of who you are. Discomfort…

Clock at a station

Book of Hours: Eric Gill at Terse

Action is for the sake of contemplation. The active for the sake of the contemplative To labour is to pray. Work is the discipline (the yoga) by means of which The body holds its noise and leaves the soul free a little. Recreation is for the sake of work. Leisure time is for the sake…

The Festival of Floating Lanterns in Thailand

Book of Hours: Washington Mathews at Lauds

It was the wind that gave them life. It was the wind that comes out of our mouths now that gives us life. When this ceases to blow, we die. In the skin of our fingers we can see the trail of the wind. It shows us where the wind blew when our ancestors were…

Book of Hours: Po Chü-i at Compline

Book of Hours: Po Chü-i at Compline

At night, in my dream, I stoutly climbed the mountain. Going out alone with my staff of holly-wood. A thousand crags, a thousand valleys - In my dream journey none were unexplored And all the while my feet never grew tired And my step was as strong as in my younger days. Can it be…

18 Rules for Living by the Dalai Lama

18 Rules for Living by the Dalai Lama

At the turn of this century, the Dalai Lama issued these simple and humble rules for living than anyone can follow. Rule 1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk. Rule 2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson Rule 3. Follow the three Rs: 1. Respect for self 2. Respect for others…